Insects

Pollination on a Wing and a Prayer: Wood Lilies and Swallowtails

30 September 2022

BY LAWRENCE HARDER & TIM SCHOWALTER

Examine the remarkably close relationship between wood lilies and swallowtail butterflies.

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A cuckoo wasp (family Chrysididae), a beautiful parasite that lays eggs in the nests of other wasps and bees. By John Acorn.

Do You “Do Bugs”?

2 November 2021

BY JOHN ACORN

Bug appreciation is on the rise. Macro photography is easier than ever before, and there are countless places online where you can submit arthropod images for identification or appreciation by others.

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Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) by Dan Johnson, Lethbridge

Ticked Off

21 July 2021

As you get ready for bed, your mind wanders and you think, “Did I lock the door? Did I turn off the stove? Did I blow out that candle…?” But did you remember to check for unwanted guests that may have hitched a ride home with you on your afternoon hike? It could be that tiny pests are ready to dig in for a feast!

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Bumble bee by Richard Schneider

Plight of the Bumble Bee

21 July 2021

BY NICHOLAS BOYCE

There is a good chance you have heard the slogan “save the bees” somewhere, perhaps on social media or on a flyer at the local coffee shop. But to clarify, which bees does this sentiment refer to? Which bees need saving? Read about the plight of the bumble bee, who cares, what is being done and, most importantly, what you can do to save the bees.

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What is the difference between a cocoon and a chrysalis?

9 November 2020

Cocoon vs chrysalis: what is the difference?

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Why do ladybeetles have spots?

9 November 2020

Learn why these insects have the colours they do!

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